IWU Galleries to Host Ceramic, Painting, Photography Exhibits
April 26, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Art's Merwin and Wakeley
galleries will present Twenty Dirty Hands: Recent work by a cooperative of ceramic artists who live in and
around Galena, Illinois, and Place as Transition, a combination exhibit of large photographs and small paintings by John Faier and
Lynn Webster. The galleries are located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art
(6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington).
The exhibitions, which are free and open to the public, begin Wednesday, May 3 and
continue until Sunday, May 21. Gallery hours are as follows: Monday - Friday 12-4
p.m., Tuesday evening 7-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
A group discussion involving all featured artists will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday,
May 21, in the galleries, followed immediately by a reception at 3 p.m.
On display in the Merwin Gallery will be Twenty Dirty Hands: Recent work by a cooperative of ceramic artists who live in and
d Galena, Illinois, which will highlight a diverse range of techniques, materials and processes in ceramic
works from functional pottery to sculpture. The featured artists, Ken Bichell, Paul
Eshelman, Chales Fach, Bill Farrell, Delores Fortuna, Ron Hahlen, Kent Henderson,
Stephanie O'Shaughnessy, Doug Reynolds and Adrienne Seagraves, are bound together
by a love of small-town life. Every October in Galena, the group hosts an annual
event with studio tours, special kiln firings and demonstrations.
The Wakeley Gallery will showcase Place as Transition, an exhibition displaying the large photographs of John Faier and the small paintings
of Lynn Webster. The two artists met at Northwestern University's Department of Fine
Arts in 1978 and have held a continued dialogue about their work ever since. Faier's
photography uses techno colors and contrasts to create a transformed representation
of natural environments.
Webster's paintings are framed or rearranged by borders and inspired by her study
of Native American art.
For additional information, contact Jennifer Lapham, director of the Merwin and Wakeley
galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Rebecca Welzenbach, (309) 556-3181